Breakheart Hill Road

Rhode Island 02824

Elevation Gain141ft
Trailhead Elevation334ft
Elevation Min/Max334/451ft
Elevation Start/End334/334ft

Breakheart Hill Road

Breakheart Hill Road is a hiking trail in Washington County and Kent County, Rhode Island. It is a mile long and begins at 334 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 141 feet. This trail connects with the following: Austin Farm Road.

Breakheart Hill Road Professional Reviews and Guides

"Another route within the vast Arcadia Management Area, the Breakheart Trail passes through extensive forest, wide open fields, and marsh. You’ll also skirt around the remnants of an abandoned youth camp now reduced to mostly stone foundations.

Toward the end of the route, you’ll pass under the Breakheart Pond spillway, a popular fishing access point. Please note there are several other trail users such as cross-country skiers, snowshoers, ATV users, and anglers."

"This ambitious see–Arcadia Management Area woodland loop unites several named trails, visiting Breakheart Pond and traversing the rocky ridge of Mount Tom. It begins beside the Wood River, what scientists consider the wildest river in Rhode Island, and swings past its feeding waters.

A side trip on the Ben Utter Trail takes you upstream along the Falls River past onetime mill sites and through laurel to the stair-stepped cascades of Stepstone Falls, a winner by any measure."

"A mix of footpaths and gravel trails that leads around a pretty pond and up Penny Hill. Another yellow-blazed trail in Arcadia Management Area’s system, the Breakheart Trail passes Breakheart Pond and eventually leads up Penny Hill, which at 370 feet is a fairly significant peak in Rhode Island. Trees block some of the views from the top, but there are outlooks from ledges along the way.

Start by following a white-blazed trail east out of the parking area. In 0.3 mile, this trail connects with the yellow-blazed John B. Hudson Trail and the white-blazed J. B. Hudson Trail, which winds north along Breakheart Brook and is often very wet. To stay dry, follow the yellow blazes north to Breakheart Pond at 0.9 mile, one of the larger ponds in the Arcadia area. At the southern end of the pond, you’ll see a fish ladder built into a dam—this allows fish to migrate upstream into the pond and makes the area a popular spot for anglers."

Breakheart Hill Road Reviews

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Great trail, easy and moderate. Got lost for a minute ;) very beautiful in there
Arcadia Management Area is a wonderful place to explore. Difficulty of the Breakheart Loop trail ranges from easy to moderate. Though the area is open to bikers, hikers and in some sections horseback riding, I was able to meander for an hour or so at a time without seeing another individual. The yellow blazed section of the Breakheart Loop is fairly well marked and easy to follow, however, not all trails within the Management Area are marked so take care at trail intersections to be sure you remain on the right trail. Brooks and streams were quite dry during my visit (but then it has been a dry summer), but wildlife was plentiful. Arcadia is great place to spend a few hours exploring the many trails, or just enjoying the scenery around one of the ponds.

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Trail Information

Arcadia Management Area Headquarters, 260 Arcadia Rd., Hope Valley 02823; (401) 539-2356. Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Parks and Recreation, 2321 Hartford Ave., Johnston 02919; (401) 222-2632;
Local Contacts
Arcadia Management Area topographic map (available online at
Local Maps

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Jul 2018